Cambodia wildlife official jailed in NY for monkey smuggling

Federal prosecutors have charged eight people with smuggling endangered monkeys, including a Cambodian wildlife official who was arrested in the U.S. while traveling to a conference on protecting endangered species.

The official plus a colleague in that country’s wildlife agency and six people connected to a Hong Kong-based company were involved with breeding long-tailed macaques for scientific and academic research, supplying them to labs in Florida and Texas. But the group is accused of illegally purchasing wild macaques for the business when they lacked supply from their breeding operations.

Long-tailed macaques, sometimes known as crab-eating macaques, are protected under international trade law and special permits are required to import the animals into the U.S.

In full: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/cambodia-wildlife-official-jailed-in-ny-for-monkey-smuggling/2022/11/16/73bd4ac8-65fd-11ed-b08c-3ce222607059_story.html

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